Retreat in Rotorua’s best accommodation

By Lachlan Probyn,

Rotorua is famed for its geothermal hot springs, bubbling mud baths, and stunning volcanic crater lakes. It comes as little surprise then that the region also delivers when it comes to indulgent hotels and retreats.

To make things a little easier, we’ve bundled some of the best places to stay in Rotorua that are certain to help you put the T back in T.L.C!

VR Rotorua Lake Resort

Located on the shores of Lake Rotoiti, VR Rotorua Lake Resort stands on seven acres of private landscaped gardens, putting serenity at the heart of the guest experience. The four-star resort offers tasteful superior rooms, deluxe rooms, and suites, which all feature modern furnishings and bubbling corner Jacuzzis – divine!

If you fancy the idea of breathing in a piece of the outdoors, VR has you covered. Head out with a qualified skipper on the resort’s private 14-seat fishing boat, and catch your own trout from the famed fresh waters of Lake Rotoiti.

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Princes Gate Rotorua

Find your inner monarch in this stately hotel that voices all the charm and grandeur of yesteryear. Housed in a majestic manor circa 1897, the four-star hotel offers the perfect blend of old-world glamour with modern day ease.

If convenience is key, you’ll appreciate Princes Gate’s sublime location, smack bang in the heart of Rotorua, and on the doorstep of the Government Gardens and Rotorua Museum. The 52 rooms and suites offer beautiful timeless features including lavish drapes, antique furnishings, and rich floral prints. For a true Downton Abbey experience, head to in-house Mirrors for a traditional high tea of scones with jam and cream alongside potted tea.

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Ramada Resort Rotorua

You don’t need to venture to Venice to experience canals. At Ramada Resort, you can relax in one of the contemporary pavilions which are nestled around the scenic Ohau Channel. Located just a 20-minute drive from the centre of Rotorua, Ramada offers the best of both worlds: city convenience alongside rural serenity.

Appreciate the resort’s fabulous recreation and leisure facilities, including a gym, tennis courts, and a super inviting stunning outdoor swimming pool. If all this sounds a little much, unwind in the Jacuzzi for the afternoon, then bite into some hearty fare at the in-house restaurant and bar.

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Black Swan

An award-winning hotel that was originally built in the 1930s, Black Swan offers spectacular lakeside accommodation with a tag of luxury. The hotel pairs its colonial charm with a modern décor that screams pizazz. We’re talking vivid blue, papered feature walls alongside black wood furnishings – ooh la la!

With just eight guest rooms, Black Swan is all about boutique accommodation at its best. Start your morning with some laps in the outdoor swimming pool, then get your pamper on at the onsite day spa. Treatments use the signature brand Gernetic, and include the aromatherapy massage and the advanced performance facial.

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Millennium Rotorua

For a hotel experience that blends inner city convenience with all the indulgent features, you can’t get much better than Millennium Rotorua. Positioned beside Lake Rotorua, Millennium offers 227 rooms that boast marble bathrooms and a warm aesthetic of red and gold. In the evening, retreat on your dreamy bed, and choose a flic to watch off the swanky flat-screen TV.

Priding itself as an eco-hotel, Millennium sources all its internal heating from a geothermal resource. So in the morning, you can take a guilt-free dip in the naturally heated, indoor swimming pool. For some added pampering, head to in-house The Spa and indulge in a Rotorua Mud wrap or honey energy facial. Your body will thank you for all of this later!

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